Joseph Brant Legacy
Joseph Brant, Thayendanegea was a Mohawk warrior, leader of the Six Nations, a Christian missionary, a British military officer, Freemason and Burlington’s first citizen.
Born in 1742 near Akron, Ohio, he was a protégé of Sir William Johnson, the powerful British Superintendent of Indian Affairs, who educated him in English language and customs.
From the age of 13, Brant fought for the British and distinguished himself as a courageous warrior and able strategist. His contribution did not go unrewarded and in 1779 Brant received a Captain’s commission.
Brant travelled to London to visit King George III, to ensure that his people would be promised their lands, and later granted reparations for their losses. It was for his loyalty that in 1798 he was granted the land at the head of Lake Ontario (later known as Wellington Square), where he built “Brant Mansion”, his striking two-story Georgian style home.
Burlington’s First Citizen
Joseph Brant died on November 2, 1807 and will go down in history as a leader of men in two cultures, who advocated for his people, had vision and in his later years chose to live in one of the most beautiful places he could find.
His home was sold in 1888, and turned into the Brant House Hotel resort, which was the beginning of Burlington becoming the “place to be” for summer visitors.
Now it is ours – our museum, our waterfront, our Burlington!
Burlington’s Community Museum
Burlington’s community museum is a replica of the original homestead of Joseph Brant ‘Thayendanegea’.
Built to commemorate Joseph Brant at the urging of the Hon. T.B. McQuesten, Minister of Highways in Ontario, and with the help of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, Thayendanegea Chapter; construction began in 1937, with the official opening of the Museum to the public on May 22, 1942. The year 2017 marks the Museum’s 70th Anniversary and coincidently Canada’s Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary)!
Over the years, the Museum has added a number of important acquisitions to the collection, including personal artifacts owned and used by Joseph Brant and the Eileen Collard Collection of Historic Costume and Textiles.
Committed to the preservation of Burlington’s past, the Joseph Brant Museum is a place for exploring a wealth of cultural traditions, issues and ideas that inspire within and beyond our borders.